The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines carbon footprint as the total amount of greenhouse gases that are emitted into the atmosphere each year by a person, family, building, organization, or company.
A persons carbon footprint includes greenhouse gas emissions from:
- Fuel that an individual burns directly, such as by heating a home or riding in a car.
- Producing the goods or services that the individual uses, including emissions from power plants that make electricity, factories that make products, and landfills where trash gets sent.
100 lbs of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is equal to producing 546 plastic bottles. *
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by Living Sustainably
Tips to Live Sustainably At Home
- Purchase Energy Star Appliances – Look for Energy Star-rated products in more than 40 categories, including TVs, refrigerators, dishwashers, and air conditioners. Save hundreds of lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LEDs.
Note: please recycle your used incandescent, CFL, or LED bulbs. These items should NOT be discarded in your curbside waste or recycling bins. Instead, take these used items to local recycling centers.
- Use Less Hot Water, Wash Only Full Loads in Your Washing Machine & Take Shorter Showers - The water heater is a large user of energy in most homes and 90% of the energy used to wash clothes is from heating the water. Reduce over 100 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Adjust Your Thermostat – Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan set to “auto”. Raise the temperature to 82 degrees or warmer when you’re away from home. Reduce 2,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Clean Air Conditioning Filters – Clean your A/C filters monthly to save energy and money on cooling costs. Reduce 350 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Unplug Unused Electronics – When electronic devices are turned off but still plugged in, they continue to use energy. Reduce over 1,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Limit the Time You Run Your Pool Pump – In summer, no more than 6 hours a day. In winter, no more than 4 hours a day. Reduce hundreds of lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Avoid Using Multiple Refrigerators - If you have an extra refrigerator that is not kept full or is hardly used, turn it off or get rid of it. Reduce hundreds of lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Reduce Garbage - Buy products with less packaging and recycle paper, plastic and glass. Reduce 1,000 lbs. of CO2 per year.
- Plant Native Drought Resistant Plants – Xeriscape is quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment. Trees intake carbon dioxide and make clean air for us to breathe. Visit NatureScape Broward for more information.
*Calculated based on the average carbon footprint of a 500ml water bottle, which is estimated to be 82.8g by: